Jenni Fagan

Jenni Fagan was born in Scotland. She graduated from Greenwich University and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA programme. She has just completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. A published poet and novelist, she has won awards from Creative Scotland, Dewar Arts, Scottish Screen and Scottish Book Trust among others, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Jenni was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists after the publication of her debut novel, The Panopticon, which was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Her adaptation of The Panopticon was staged by the National Theatre of Scotland to great acclaim. The Sunlight Pilgrims, her second novel, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award and the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award, and saw her win Scottish Author of the Year at the Herald Culture Awards. She lives in Edinburgh with her son.

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Luckenbooth

  • Imprint: William Heinemann
  • Published: 14/01/2021
  • ISBN: 9780434023318
  • Length: 352  Pages
  • Dimensions: 225mm x 32mm x 145mm
  • Weight: 461g
  • RRP: £16.99

Featured in Damian Barr’s picks for 2021

If this addictive slice of Edinburgh Gothic isn’t on all prize lists, there is no justice. iNews

‘Over time, 10 Luckenbooth Close sinks from grand residence to condemned squat with secrets seething in its walls … Luckenbooth is a place of compacted time, where the past manifests as unquiet ghosts and the future bleeds into the present … There’s a force in Luckenbooth‘s bizarre assemblage.’ The Times

Definitely going to be one of my books of 2021, a gloriously transgressive novel of Edinburgh denizens past and present. IAN RANKIN
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Stories tucked away on every floor. No. 10 Luckenbooth Close is an archetypal Edinburgh tenement.

The devil’s daughter rows to the shores of Leith in a coffin. The year is 1910 and she has been sent to a tenement building in Edinburgh by her recently deceased father to bear a child for a wealthy man and his fiancée. The harrowing events that follow lead to a curse on the building and its residents – a curse that will last for the rest of the century.

Over nine decades, No. 10 Luckenbooth Close bears witness to emblems of a changing world outside its walls. An infamous madam, a spy, a famous Beat poet, a coal miner who fears daylight, a psychic: these are some of the residents whose lives are plagued by the building’s troubled history in disparate, sometimes chilling ways. The curse creeps up the nine floors and an enraged spirit world swells to the surface, desperate for the true horror of the building’s longest kept secret to be heard.

Luckenbooth is a bold, haunting and dazzlingly unique novel about the stories and secrets we leave behind, and the places that hold them long after we are gone.
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One of the most stunning literary experiences I’ve had in years.Luckenbooth, sprawling the decades with its themes of repression and revenge, brings back something that has long been lacking in the British novel: ambition. If Alasdair Gray’s Lanark was a masterly imagining of Glasgow, then this is the quintessential novel of Edinburgh at its darkest.‘ IRVINE WELSH

A deeply powerful, compellingly vivid novel … Luckenbooth is a major work of Scottish fiction – possibly one of the most significant novels of the last ten years’ ALAN WARNER

Luckenbooth isseedy, sexy and strange, a haunted house story soaked in booze and bad weather … Fagan’s prose is fast and impressionistic.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘With Luckenbooth, [Jenni Fagan] gives us nine of Edinburgh’s wildest and loneliest misfits … Piles on claustrophobia and menace … As we move between the characters’ perspectives, gritty realism takes over from the gothic. This isn’t fancy Edinburgh: at No 10 it’s cigarettes, cocaine and Benzedrine for breakfast … There are memorable creations … Fagan’s prose is poetic, high-octane, built on punchy sentences. Arresting descriptions of the city and its weather abound. This is not a novel that lacks energy.’ Sunday Times

‘Jenni Fagan’s Luckenbooth reminded me of one of my favourite novels, Georges Perec’sLife: A User’s Manual. Set in an Edinburgh tenement, it leaps across decades to tell the story of the curse that haunts No 10 Luckenbooth Close and its eccentric inhabitants.’ Alex Preston, Observer

‘Structures and structuralism obsess Jenni Fagan. Those obsessions intertwine spectacularly in Luckenbooth, her third novel, about an Edinburgh tenement and the curse that haunts it, infecting the lives of all who live across the building’s nine floors over nine decades of mystery and uproarious change … Melding the poetic, the esoteric and the occult with the grit and grime of a real life lived on the edge, she writes unlike any other author of her generation, in no small part because she has lived a life unlike any other author.’ Scotsman

A whirlwind of a novel, and I am certain that various labels will be attached to it – Caledonian magic realism, tartan gothic, something nasty in the shortbread tin, Angela Carter in a kilt cross-hatched with safety pins. What it is, is radical and profoundly fabulist. It is about the stories we are told and whether there is the possibility of there being new stories … There is a great deal of imagination and empathy at work here. The structure of the building acts as a kind of framework to contain the pent-up furies … Luckenbooth is a daring book, and beautifully written.‘ Scotland on Sunday

Fagan isunflinching in her depictions of derangement and death but Luckenbooth is compelling and often darkly funny … Her storytelling has an urgency and – to use an overused but apt word – authenticity.’ Financial Times

Masterly … A lesser writer would struggle to control this cacophony of voices but what marks out Luckenboothis the fierce intelligence driving Fagan’s tale … This is a mad god’s dream of a book – it deserves to be shortlisted for every prize going this year.’ iNews

Reviews

A deeply powerful, compellingly vivid novel … LUCKENBOOTH is a major work of Scottish fiction – possibly one of the most significant novels of the last ten years … [A] forceful work of fiction to energize a somewhat diffuse, uncertain and often self-congratulatory fictional landscape … What is so significant about the novel is its instinctive, vatic, lyrical, occult power … A poetic novel which reverberates and pulses in its own universe and on its own terms.

Alan Warner

Bill Gates

Business at the Speed of Thought

Bill Gates Collins Hemingway

Most companies have a sizeable investment in technology but are realising only 20% of its potential benefit. BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF THOUGHT introduces the concept of the digital nervous system which unites all systems and processes under one common infrastructure, allowing companies to make quantum leaps in efficiency, growth and profit. Using detailed tours of Microsoft and other major corporations, Gates demonstrates how integrated technology can transform any business by energizing its three major elements: customer/partner relationships, employees and process, and offers practical suggestions on how this can be achieved.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical – and accessible – plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas into the market, he describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete, practical plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions-suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise.

As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but if we follow the plan he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.

Gates’ book is compulsively readable. His ambition was to ‘cut through the noise’ and give consumers better tools for understanding what works, an ambition he meets admirably. It more than that, however. Gates can get an audience with anyone, can marshal almost limitless resources, and is dogged in the detail. The result – particularly in the wake of the Trump presidency – is thrilling

Emma Brockes, The Guardian

Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. In 1975, he cofounded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen; today he and his wife, Melinda, are cochairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also launched Breakthrough Energy, an effort to commercialize clean energy and other climate-related technologies. He and Melinda have three children and live in Medina, Washington.

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Jennifer Aaker

Dr Jennifer Aaker is a behavioural psychologist, author, and the General Atlantic Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses on the psychology of time and money and the choices driving lasting happiness. She teaches courses on innovation, the power of storytelling and purpose.

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Humour, Seriously

Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas

  • Imprint: Portfolio Penguin
  • Published: 08/10/2020
  • ISBN: 9780241405932
  • Length: 272  Pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 20mm x 153mm
  • Weight: 332g
  • RRP: £14.99

‘A smart, funny, brilliant book on how to be smart about being funny, brilliantly’ Sarah Cooper

‘This book has finally convinced me that joking around can actually be important and powerful’ Ed Gamble

‘Eye-opening, important and utterly enjoyable. Come for the humour, stay for the insights’ Arianna Huffington

Humour is a superpower. If you’re not using it, the joke’s on you.

When we’re kids we laugh all the time. The average four year-old laughs as many as 300 times a day, while the average forty year-old laughs 300 times every two and a half months! We grow up, start working and suddenly become “serious and important people”, trading laughter for bottom lines and mind-dumbing zoom calls.

But the benefits of humour for our work and life are huge. Studies have shown that humour makes us appear more competent and confident, strengthens our relationships, unlocks creativity and boosts resilience during difficult times.

Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas are on a mission to help everyone discover the power of humour. Based on the popular Stanford Business course, this book will show you how to mine your life for material, explore the Four Deadly Humour Myths and help you figure out which style of humour you fall into – The Magnet, The Sweetheart, The Sniper or the Stand Up.

Drawing on behavioural science, advice from world-class comedians and stories from top leaders, Humour, Seriously will show you how to harness the power of humour every day.

Reviews

Humour is magical. It can make fear and pomposity vanish and creativity and resilience appear in their place. The ultimate guide to using the magical power of funny as a tool for leadership and a force for good, Humour, Seriously is an intoxicating mix of science, strategy, and slapstick – a knee-slapping, mind-expanding tour de force

Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of When,, Drive, and A Whole Mind

Judi Abbot

Forever Star

Gareth Peter 

Judi Abbot (Illustrator)

  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Published: 05/08/2021
  • ISBN: 9780241453025
  • Length: 32  Pages
  • Dimensions: 250mm x 3mm x 250mm
  • Weight: 100g
  • RRP: £6.99

A beautiful, heartfelt adventure, perfect for celebrating all kinds of family and the love that brings them together.

This is the dark and starless sky, where just past the moon a planet drifts by.
And this is the planet that’s full to the brim, with friendly and caring space people called . . . TIM!

Meet Tim and Tim – a couple who long for a family and set off on a quest to find their very own star child. This joyful, read-aloud adventure is a comforting, soothing read that’s ideal just before bedtime. It’s also a helpful jumping off point for early conversations about the experiences of LGBTQ+ families for the youngest readers.

From the author of My Daddies and the illustrator of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss

Judi Abbot was born in Italy but now lives in London. She studied Illustration at art school in Milan. She usually works with acrylics, collage and colour pencils. As well as illustrating, she plans and organises creative workshops for children.

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Daddy, I Can’t Sleep

Alan Durant, Judi Abbot (Illustrator), Sue Buswell (Edited by)

  • Imprint: Picture Corgi
  • Published: 07/05/2015
  • ISBN: 9780552565097
  • Length: 32  Pages
  • Dimensions: 290mm x 4mm x 240mm
  • Weight: 210g
  • RRP: £6.99

When Little Panda can’t sleep, Daddy Panda helps him understand that there’s nothing to be afraid of. They explore their habitat together and soon they are calm and ready for bed.

A soothing and reassuring bedtime book for little pandas everywhere.

A.K.Benedict

  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Published: 27/10/2016
  • ISBN: 9781785941870
  • Length: 304  Pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 19mm x 126mm
  • Weight: 208g
  • RRP: £12.99

If you get out, you’d think you’d be one of the lucky ones. But you’re not. The house infects you.

There’s an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They’ve heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you’ll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming.

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There’s a mystery there, and she’s going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there’s a presence in the house. One that wants her.

Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost.

A K Benedict writes crime and speculative fiction in a room filled with clowns, mannequins and Doctor Who figures. Her first novel, The Beauty of Murder, was nominated for an eDunnit award and is in development for a major 8-part TV series by Company Pictures. Her second, Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts, came out in February 2016. She’s written Torchwood audio dramas for Big Finish and her short stories have featured in anthologies including Great British Horror and Best British Short Stories. She lives in St Leonards-on-Sea with her dog, Dame Margaret Rutherford.

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of the world’s foremost novelists. She won the Costa Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II are Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and Transcription. She was appointed MBE for services to literature in 2011. Her bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. Jackson Brodie returns in her new novel Big Sky.

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